Trend 3: Pretty in prints

I’ve been working up from bright colors to stripes and now I’m going to hit you with prints. Talk about a great follow-up to yesterday’s post about my new patterned pillows!

Prints can be intimidating to wear so I’ve put together a mix of subtle and bold – a little something for everyone!

Tunic, J.Crew; Cosmetic bag, LOFT; Skirt, Jason Wu for Target; Belt, J.Crew; Necklace, Forever 21; Dotted blouse, Old Navy; Cropped pants, Talbots; Shoes, DSW; Cardigan, H&M; Dress, Lilly Putlizer.

You might recognize that skirt from my post about the Jason Wu for Target collection – I love it so much I had to blog about it twice! If you’re hesitant to don a pattern then I challenge you to slowly incorporate one into your outfits; start with a funky piece of jewelry or patterned tank under a solid cardigan. You can always remove a necklace or button up a sweater if the print is too much after you leave the house. And if you’re really not feeling it, just throw a snakeskin cosmetic bag in your purse!If you’re like me and not afraid to wear two prints at once then I say go on with your bad self! Wouldn’t that dotted green blouse look great under than floral cardigan? Yes, yes it would.

Patterns are really easy to bring into your home, too. If you have a general color scheme then it’s just a matter of deciding where to add dimension with prints. Sure, you can color block a room but how can you possibly pass up a geometric pillow or chevron lampshade?

Drawer pulls, Etsy; Jewelry plates, Urban Outfitters; Candles, Kohls; Curtains, Crate & Barrel; Notecards, Papyrus; Rug, World Market; Chair, Urban Outfitters; Pillow, Z Gallerie; Coasters, Vera Bradley; Lampshade, Target; Blue & Orange Vases, Anthropologie.

Looks like the chair is the only subtle print but you could easily find curtains in a softer shade or drawer pulls with less intense design. I wanted to show you bold style ideas to get you thinking about new things!

Even though the items above are more like accent pieces, I also love the idea of stenciling a pattern on one whole wall. You can see a few of those examples over at Centsational Girl. How about that tone-on-tone? Just use the same color paint as your wall in a glossier finish – gorge. That’s short for gorgeous, duh. Just as you can mix prints in your wardrobe, you can mix prints in your home. In fact, I encourage it.

What do you think of trend number three? I might have a fourth one for you next Friday…only time will tell!

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